Police violence against African-Americans and women has been a common debate in the recent past. However, Kimberle Crenshaw who has interacted with various groups, including women’s rights organizations and progressive members of Congress feels that the awareness of the level of police violence that black women experience is exceedingly small. But who is implicated or victimized by these problems? More often than not, there is no way that the names of these black women feature in anyone’s mind in regards to these problems.
Crenshaw claims that the lack of frames in these women’s names is what has caused them to have slipped through people’s consciousness. There is nothing to remember them about, and there is nothing reporters have to report about them. They have escaped the policymakers and the politician’s minds.
But why are frames necessary?
Crenshaw explains that what affects a black woman is a general problem for women. She further says that lack of frames prohibits people from taking note of how social issues impact all the members of a targeted group. Apparently, just like any other women of color and like other socially marginalized people all over the world, the African-American women are also vulnerable to all kinds of dilemmas and challenges. For a very long time, Crenshaw has been using the term “intersectionality” to deal with the fact that various social justice problems the likes of racism and sexism often overlap the creation of multiple levels of social injustice.
Apart from presenting the consequences that come along, the likes of transphobia, xenophobia, and ableism, intersectionality is also raising awareness to the way black women live their lives. It also exposes the tragic circumstances that the African-American women have to endure before they eventually meet their deaths.
The level of violence that black women faces is not surprising
Police violence against black women is very real. They have killed black girls at the age of seven and their great grandmothers as old as 95. Black women have been murdered by the bedrooms, their cars, living rooms; on the street and worse of it all front of their children and parents. But the everyday aggression and disgrace that many black women have had to face has a solution. People must be willing to bear witnesses to the often painful realities. This must be one collectively to stop more loss of lives of the black women.